I am asking this question of you because I have looked for days for my answer and am still empty handed. I need to know where I might find information on medication aides and their state practice limitations for Massachusetts. I know this is an odd forum to ask this question but I am at my wits end. I am doing this for a friend who Manages a Community Health Center. Thank you!
Jul 12, '02
I know they use them in assisted living communities in NJ. They call them medics. I wonder though...do they have to know about the meds they are giving or do they just give them out? I also know medical assistants in doctors offices who give meds and injections. I wonder if nurses are educating themselves right out of their job, what with all the people willing to perform nurses tasks for $10 an hour. (I actually had a doctor tell me that, by the way.) Maybe in ten years, nurse's aids will be doing continuous bladder irrigations just so the nurses can do all the mounds of paperwork! (just kidding)
Last edit by Flo1216 on Jul 12, '02
Jul 12, '02
Try calling the state board:
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Division of Professional Licensure
239 Causeway Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Last edit by ResearchRN on Jul 12, '02
Jul 12, '02
i was always under the impression that you had to be licensed to give medications. for a facility to use med aides would be shadey to say the least. but if they're legal i can see where they'd be utilized...to save money of course.
40 hours of class time is 5 days of a work week...and to think i had to sweat it out for a semester of pharmacology. yipes! what is nursing coming to? this sounds disasterous imho. some of the cna's at my facility can do straight caths and insert foleys, but they won't because they feel it's beyond their scope of practice even though they are allowed. maybe little by little they'll phase out the nurse doing any skilled tasks so the "medics" can do them and let the nurses do the unsurmountable paper work dictated by jcaho. it seems that almost everyday there's a new form to fill out for something that's added to the many we already have to do! does it ever end??? apparently not...which brings me to another thread topic...
Last edit by night owl on Jul 12, '02